ANAT SC 2006 - Foundations of Human Neuroanatomy

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2023

This course is designed to introduce students to basic concepts in neuroanatomy including: gross and microscopic organization of the central nervous system, normal and pathological CNS functioning, nervous system development, and the development and evolution of the CNS. In order to accomplish this aim, nervous system structure, function and pathology are integrated, drawing on information and techniques from cellular, systems and clinical neuroscience. Lectures are supplemented with weekly tutorial and practical sessions. Tutorials include small group activities, designed to reinforce key concepts. Practicals include the study of human brain and spinal cord prosections and models. Students will also undertake a group research project in order to enhance their development of scientific research skills: forming collaborations, writing research proposals, presenting research findings and responding to critical questions.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ANAT SC 2006
    Course Foundations of Human Neuroanatomy
    Coordinating Unit Medical Sciences
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites ANAT SC 1102 or BIOLOGY 1101 or BIOLOGY 1310A (or equivalent)
    Incompatible ANAT SC 3103
    Assessment Quizzes, group proposal/seminar, end of semester exam.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Lyndsey Collins-Praino

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Demonstrate an understanding of the basic anatomy of the nervous system in humans and other animals.
    2 Identify major neuroanatomical structures in wet specimens and images and describe their functional significance.
    3 Discuss the functional consequences of a lesion to a neuroanatomical structure/pathway or a haemorrhage in a particular blood vessel.
    4 Explain the natural defence mechanisms and protection of the human nervous system.
    5 Apply knowledge of the development and evolution of the nervous system to carry out intra- and inter-species nervous system comparisons.
    6 Describe the processes of injury, repair and plasticity in the nervous system.
    7 Analyse the role of anatomical dysfunction in the emergence and maintenance of major neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders.
    8 Display insight into current research issues and an ability to critically evaluate primary literature in the field of neuroscience.
    9 Develop skills necessary for a professional in the sciences including: working collaboratively, identifying research questions, conducting literature searches, writing research proposals, presenting research findings.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency

    Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.


    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Required Textbooks:

    1.         Clinical Neuroanatomy, 7th edition, 2010 by Richard S. Snell, published by Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins.
    ISBN:  978-0-7817-9427-5.

    2.         Lippincott’s Pocket Neuroanatomy, 2014 by Douglas J. Gould, published by Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins.
    ISBN: 978-1-4511-7612-4.

    Recommended Resources
    Recommended Textbooks:

    1.  Neuroanatomy in Clinical Context: An Atlas of Structures, Sections, Systems and Syndromes, 9th edition, 2015 by Duane E. Haines,
    published by Wolters Kluwer. ISBN: 978-1-4511-8625-3.

    2.  Neuroanatomy through Clinical Cases, 2nd edition, 2010 by Hal Blumenfeld, published by Sinauer Associates. ISBN: 978-0-87893-613-7.

    Online Learning
    Neuroanatomy Web Links:

    Allen Brain Atlas: 

    Neuroanatomy Atlas (Columbia): 

    The Whole Brain Atlas (Harvard Med): 

    The Human Brain Atlas (Michigan State): 

    Scalable Brain Atlas: 

    HyperBrain quizzes (U of Utah): 

    Neuroanatomy Quiz (U of Minnesota): 

    e-Learning Neuroanatomy
    (Universiteit Gent): 

    Neuroanatomy Resources (Buffalo): 

    Note on MyUni use:
    This course will use MyUni as a major component. All lecture notes, tutorial activities and lecture recordings will be posted on MyUni. Announcements and weekly student update emails will be sent via the site. The periodic quizzes will be administered online via MyUni. Groups for the group project will be formed via MyUni, and given access to a group discussion board. Finally, a MyUni discussion board to encourage communication with both instructors and peers will be established.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The course will consist of two weekly lectures, which will be recorded and posted on the MyUni course site. Students are expected to have done the reading prior to attending the lecture. 

    Practical Sessions
    Practical sessions will be held in the Ray Last Laboratory. During these sessions, students will engage in viewing/interpreting anatomical specimens/models under the guidance of a team of experienced demonstrators. Attendance will be taken at each practical session.
    Tutorial Sessions
    Tutorial sessions will be held weekly. During the tutorial sessions, students will engage in a variety of small-group activities and
    round-table discussions, designed to enhance their understanding of the topic. Attendance will be taken at each tutorial session.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    As a 3 unit course, Foundations of Human Neuroanatomy will require  approximately 12 h of work per week, including lecture, practical and tutorial attendance, completion of assignments, preparation of the group project and private study.
    Learning Activities Summary

    No information currently available.

  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome
    4 x Quizzes Summative 20% (5% each) 1-7
    Mid-semester Exam Summative 20% 1-7
    Group Project ("Neuroanatomy Goes Hollywood") Summative 15% total (10% group video, 5% seminar) 1,3, 7-9
    End of Semester Practical Assessment Summative 20% 2
    End of Semester Theory Assessment Summative 25% 1-7

    Assessment Detail

    No information currently available.


    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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